David Mathre Photography

Welcome to my Images of the Day Photo blog. My goal is to post images from each day of the year going back to 2006 when I got my first DSLR camera. Images I post on Google+ are also forwarded to this Photo blog. I am a retired chemist that worked nearly thirty years in the Pharmaceutical industry. I took my first DSLR camera on a road trip across the United States, and became hooked, with my new passion becoming a photographer. I now spend all my time traveling and taking pictures. Since then I have visited over 50 countries, many on Semester at Sea voyages. My photographic interests include travel, the natural world, landscapes, and photographic techniques. I always want to learn something new and the only way to become better is to learn from mistakes.


Yesterday — New Jersey

The Elusive American Bittern Hunting Frogs a the Sourland Mountain Preserve Pond. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec).

About two weeks ago, I dropped my two Fuji X-T1 cameras off for service. One wouldn't turn on, and since I am home for awhile the other one to fix the light pollution issue. There was a Fuji recall to fix the light pollution issue soon after I purchased the camera, but with my travel schedule never had time to be without the camera. Five days later I was told both cameras needed new power supply modules, and the one with the light pollution issue needed a new top cover ( ~$250 and ~$300). I then got a call that when they opened up the camera that wouldn't turn on that there was internal water damage, and that the camera was not repairable. So much for weather resistance. The only time that camera got wet was the mist at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. And even then it was in a rain cover. So I ended up getting one working camera back. The first thing I noticed when doing my afternoon walkabout in the Sourland Mountain Preserve was how slow the Fuji X-T1 camera was in acquiring focus, and that it had a hard time auto-focusing for close targets. I would have to manually focus, and lost many shots. Two weeks of using my Nikon DSLRs reminded me of how good they are even if they are are heavier. Even the mirrorless Nikon 1 series of cameras focus faster (but don't have same image quality for large prints).
End of Rant.

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9 Responses to “Yesterday — New Jersey”

  1. Ah good to know. Well there are applications where Nikon cameras are just "do it" and some other companies will do that too in the future…

    Disclaimer: For what i know, mostly Canon gear will do that too.

    And sometimes i use my Leica 🙂 For some fun the Nikon can not deliver 🙂

    And sometimes an old Nikon motorized cam is the best one can use 🙂

  2. Dang technology ! What a sad story to have both on the blitz at the same time.

  3. David Mathre David Mathre says:

    +Dieter Fröhling Every now and then my Nikon cameras have problems (Df shutter buckled in Antartica, and D3x power supply burned out in Yosemite in the winter). But all in all, my pro bodies have taken a lot of punishment over the years – and just kept shooting.

  4. David Mathre David Mathre says:

    +cobalt please I learned the hard way before and now always take two identical camera bodies with me when I travel. These two Fuji bodies have been to 30+ countries over the last two years, and only after I got home the one failed completely and the other one is now repaired.

    Also, thanks for your other comment. I don't have a "smart phone" and didn't realize they had issues with multiple images in a post.

  5. Did you intend to post an image? I don't see it. 🙁

  6. David Mathre David Mathre says:

    +Martin Heller I thought I posted it, I'll try again.

  7. John Roach John Roach says:

    I hope my Fuji X-T1 keeps working…..depending on the light, I have Fuji captures that I will take over the Nikon, but then again I can say the same things about my Nikons. It is such a toss up sometimes.

  8. David Mathre David Mathre says:

    +John Roach I agree that it is a toss up. I want light weight for travel, and high quality for large prints. I want fast and accurate focusing when capturing wildlife, and low light sensitivity for night skies.

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